What Car? says...
“The best defence is a good offence” doesn't just apply to sports and military combat – it’s equally relevant to the car you’re reading about: the BMW M5.
This sixth-generation M5 has been on sale for less than five years, yet BMW just keeps on releasing new versions with even more power and ability to take on its similarly extreme super-saloon rivals.
With a smattering of carbon-fibre body panels, forged 20in wheels, standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-backed lightweight seats, it's a good 70kg lighter than the Competition. That, combined with more performance-focused dampers from the BMW M8 Gran Coupe and a revised steering set-up, means the CS should, in theory, feel even more precise in the bends.
So should you stick with the already superb Competition or fork out a bit extra for the CS? And do either of these M5s have what it takes to outperform a truly superb selection of rivals in the form of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Mercedes-AMG E63 and Audi RS6?
That’s what the next few pages of this review will tell you. Even if you’re not in the market for a 190mph super saloon, we can save you a good few quid on nearly any make and model of vehicle through the free What Car? New Car Buying service, which features some particularly tempting BMW M5 deals.
|RRP price range||£104,380 - £123,380|
|Number of trims (see all)||1|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||25.4 - 25.4|
|Available doors options||4|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£7,579 / £8,985|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£15,157 / £17,969|